Donald Nixon, nephew of the late President Richard Nixon, is being detained in Cuba by officials who believe he is involved in the international drug trade with fugitive financier Robert L. Vesco, Nixon said Sunday.
Officials "told me that I was money laundering, that I was in the international drug trade, and that I was a member of the CIA," Nixon, 49, told ABC News. He was apparently speaking from Vesco's home in Cuba, where he is believed to be under house arrest.
The Tustin man said he was at Vesco's home May 31 when Cuban government agents arrived to arrest the financier. "As I came downstairs, they took Vesco away," Nixon said in the interview. "I haven't seen him since. That was three weeks ago."
Vesco fled the United States in the early 1970s after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged that he diverted more than $220 million from four mutual funds. He also is under indictment for an illegal $200,000 contribution to President Nixon's reelection campaign.